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AAS, Design & Visual Communication

In today’s world, visual artists touch virtually every commercial and media asset—from product packaging and in-store displays to advertisements and promotional print materials to television and video graphics to website and interactive media designs.

TFA’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Design & Visual Communication teaches students timeless design principles, contemporary technologies, and emerging trends employed in the visual communications industry today. Students have the opportunity to develop brand identity systems, product and package designs, websites and mobile applications, and social media and digital marketing campaigns—all while cultivating robust print and digital portfolios of original and client-based projects.


  • Emphasis on building broad and transferrable skills in the principles of design for print as well as interactive applications
  • Discipline classes begin very first semester
  • “Gen Ed” classes spread across all semesters, and taught in a way that relates to the media industry
  • Opportunities to work with outside clients, building both resume and real-world perspective


  • High-end industry software, including: The Adobe Creative Suite, Cinema4D and Maya
  • Foundational principles of design
  • Web, mobile, and interactive/experiential design principles
  • Lighting, shooting, and editing of photography
  • Development of brand identity systems, advertisements, product packaging, websites, digital marketing, and more
  • Design and production of motion graphics


  • Entry level positions as a:
    • Graphic designer
    • Web designer
    • Motion graphics artist
    • Experiential designer
    • Associate brand manager
  • Submit your portfolio to be considered to continue on to TFA’s bachelor’s in digital media with a major in Digital Art.

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